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We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story (2015)

In 1967 actor Jimmy Perry shows his friend David Croft the script of a sitcom he has written based on his time in the Home Guard, entitled 'Fighting Tigers'. Head of BBC TV comedy Michael ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Ritter ... Jimmy Perry
Richard Dormer ... David Croft
Stuart McQuarrie Stuart McQuarrie ... Tom Sloan
Sarah Alexander ... Gilda Perry
Sally Phillips ... Ann Croft
Charlotte McDougall Charlotte McDougall ... Pat Coombs
Harry Peacock ... Michael Mills
Keith Allen ... Paul Fox
Amy Hughes ... Sylvia
John Sessions ... Arthur Lowe
Amy O'Dwyer Amy O'Dwyer ... Waitress
Ralph Riach Ralph Riach ... John Laurie
Michael Cochrane ... Arnold Ridley
Mark Heap ... Clive Dunn
Julian Sands ... John Le Mesurier


In 1967 actor Jimmy Perry shows his friend David Croft the script of a sitcom he has written based on his time in the Home Guard, entitled 'Fighting Tigers'. Head of BBC TV comedy Michael Mills likes it, changing its title to 'Dad's Army' though, to Jimmy 's dismay, he refuses to let him act in it. He commissions Jimmy and David to write a whole series, despite TV controller Paul Fox's misgivings that the Second World War is too fresh in people's mind to be comedic. The pilot goes ahead with an ensemble cast keen to perform despite a low wage and some with problems of their own, notably star Arthur Lowe's tendency to forget his lines, and Jimmy is thrilled that wartime favourite Bud Flanagan is performing its theme song. In April 1968 the first show is recorded in front of an enthusiastic test audience. Fox is less generous in his opinion but the viewing figures ensure the show's future, running for nine series and becoming one of the best-loved of all British television sitcoms. Written by don @ minifie-1

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22 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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The Making of Dad's Army See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK

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Did You Know?


Bill Pertwee had previous experience in stand-up comedy so thus became the shows warm up act. See more »


Clive Dunn has fewer medal ribbons on his uniform than Lance Corporal Jones does in the real series. Also, one of them is the King George VI Coronation Medal, which Jones didn't have. See more »


Jimmy Perry: They do not like it up them!
David Croft: Who would?
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Crazy Credits

Closing titles showed a "You have been watching" caption followed by each principal cast member marching on the spot holding an improvised "weapon", in the style of the credits sequence for Dad's Army (1968). See more »


References It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974) See more »

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The Boys made me think again.
28 July 2018 | by dgjones-62258See all my reviews

If you liked Dad's Army then you will like this show. A superbly well written account of the difficulty of getting the show together.

I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed watching the cast being assembled (John Sessions is brilliant as Cap Mainwaring).

I'm not a fan of period dramas, but I thoroughly recommend this one.

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